Kelso United meet Hawick Royal Albert at Woodside Park on Saturday for what will be the final game of the season for the two sides, writes John Slorance.
However, it’s no mundane end of the season.
Indeed, far from it, as Kelso and Hawick have pride to play for; the losers will find themselves bottom dogs in the East of Scotland First Division – a tag neither club wants.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Kelso manager Prof Blaikie told The Southern: “If we play the same way as we did in our last game against Heriot-Watt University, we have no chance of getting any points.
“We were absolutely atrocious and it was the worst performance I have seen in my days with Kelso United. Hawick have been struggling, though, and I think it will be a tense game as both teams will be wanting to prove a point.
“No side wants to finish the season bottom of the league, so it could be quite a battle.”
The match has added meaning for Blaikie as it could be his last match as Kelso manager.
He said: “I only took on the job until the end of the season and this time has now arrived. There is nothing concrete either way, but a decision will be made sooner rather than later.”
Hawick coach Alan McKenzie said: “We will be treating the game as a cup final as the match means a lot. In our last few games we have played a lot of trialists as we have had players missing. The boys that have played for us have shown bags of effort and hopefully this sort of effort will get us a win on Saturday.”
Also on Saturday, Peebles Rovers travel to face Burntisland Shipyard.